Mountain Trails

The path forks off and goes another way,

nor you nor I know where the trail will trend.

It leads up high into the misty grey.

And full of ardor, friends line up to say

that they will join our journey to ascend

the path that forks and goes another way.

But curving switchbacks climb on through the day,

and looking on, we see at every bend,

it leads up high into the misty grey.

And time and toil pressure most to say

the effort calls for more than they will spend

on paths that forked and went another way.

Hours hence, and only we will pay

the price on which discoveries depend.

We hike on, high, into the misty grey.

And suddenly we burst into the day–

a sunlit mountain epoch in the end.

The path forks off and goes another way,

but leads up high and through the misty grey.

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